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New Single-Family Rental Market Index: Healthy Industry with Strong Leasing Demand and High Occupancy

Categories: Rental Housing

John Burns Real Estate Consulting (JBREC) and The National Rental Home Council (NRHC) released the inaugural Single-Family Rental Market Index (SFRMI), a first-of-its-kind resource that will serve as the definitive gauge of professionally managed single-family rental industry conditions. With scores above …

4 Suggestions to Reduce Mortgage Policy Risk

Home builders are accustomed to taking risks. They buy land assuming the economy won’t crash, interest rates won’t skyrocket, and many other unknowns. As if home building wasn’t hard enough already, there’s a new risk: the QM (qualified mortgage) patch. …

CNBC Nightly Business Report: Home Builders Pump the Brakes on New Supply

Click here to view the video Our Director of Research, Rick Palacios, Jr., spoke with CNBC Nightly Business Report earlier this week. Rick explains that home builders pumped the brakes on new construction in February because: Builders are proceeding cautiously …

Two Housing Rules of Thumb That Can Get You into Trouble

Twitter: @RickPalaciosJr We still hear two housing industry rules of thumb that make us cringe: 5% is still a great mortgage rate. Anything less than 6 months of supply is healthy. First of all, the mortgage payment is what matters, …

The Rise and Evolution of the Single-Family Rental Industry

Categories: Podcast Rental Housing

  Consulting leader Dean Wehrli volunteered to host our new podcast. You never know what to expect from Dean. Click here to subscribe to future episodes. For episode 2 of our New Home Insights Podcast, Dean talks with Rick Palacios …

Single-Family Rental Industry Act 2: Build-to-Rent Taking Center Stage

Categories: Rental Housing

The single-family rental (SFR) space has quickly quieted skeptics and scaled into an institutional asset class. Build-to-rent (B2R) is now playing an emerging role in the industry’s evolution. In less than a decade, Progress Residential, Tricon American Homes, Front Yard …

Wrong Again—New Home Sales Actually Rose in January

Twitter: @RickPalaciosJr I suppose we should thank the Census Bureau for publishing incorrect conclusions and footnoting a 19%+/- margin of error. However, it gives our clients heartburn. Our clients pay us to be right—not to be overly bullish or bearish. …

Rising Rates Should Have Minimal Impact on Housing

Twitter: @RickPalaciosJr Mortgage rates have risen 1.0% or more ten times in the last 43 years, with little impact on home sales and prices when the economy was also strong. Here is the paper we shared with our clients a …

5 Haunting Housing Charts

We publish thousands (yes, thousands) of housing-related charts monthly. On the bright side, most of these charts signal continued growth for housing and the overall economy. However, some charts are a bit frightening. In honor of Halloween, here are our …

8 Big Housing Changes Thanks to Driverless Cars

The combination of widespread ride-sharing and self-driving cars will reshape housing in 8 significant ways: Prime real estate will be unlocked for new home construction (parking lots, auto dealerships, gas stations). Outlying drive-until-you-qualify housing markets will eventually reemerge once the …